David J. Healey, Fish & Richardson; Thomasenia P. Duncan, Washington DC, panel executive, United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation; Hon. Leonard E. Davis, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
The enactment of the America Invents Act, as well as a line of decisions from the Federal Circuit concerning venue and joinder, has resulted in litigants using Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) in patent lawsuits. This course covers the causes of such utilization and the effects of MDL on patent litigation, as well as the effects of patent litigation on the Judicial Panel for Multidistrict Litigation (JPMDL).
Scheduled for the afternoon prior to the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation’s hearing in Dallas, this course provides a unique opportunity for practitioners interested in Patent MDL to learn about the MDL process from the JPMDL judges themselves, to discuss the effects of MDL on patent litigation, and to explore strategies that will affect the litigation of multi-party patent disputes.